Fast-track processing under the regular procedure has been applied since 23 September 2014 for Syrian nationals and stateless persons with former habitual residence in Syria (see section on Regular Procedure: Fast-Track Processing). In 2019, a total of 3,690 positive decisions were issued under this procedure. The Syria fast-track procedure is available only for Syrian nationals and stateless persons with former habitual residence in Syria who entered the Greek territory before the entry into force of the EU-Turkey Statement or entering the Greek territory through the Greek-Turkish land borders. A contrario applications of those arrived on the islands after 20 March 2016 are examined under the Fast-Track Border Procedure.
Fast-track border procedure on the islands
As mentioned in Fast-Track Border Procedure, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement pursuant to Article 60(4) L 4375/2016, now replaced by Article 90(3) IPA, has varied depending on the nationality of the applicants concerned. In particular and during 2019:
- Applications by Syrian asylum seekers are examined on admissibility on the basis of the Safe Third Country concept, with the exception of Dublin cases and vulnerable applicants who are referred to the regular procedure;
- Applications by non-Syrian asylum seekers from countries with a recognition rate below 25% are examined only on the merits;
- Applications by non-Syrian asylum seekers from countries with a recognition rate over 25% are examined on both admissibility and merits (“merged procedure”).
 Information provided by the Asylum Service, 26 March 2019.